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Brooklyn Monster Ale

 
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Formerly brewed at Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Barley Wine
Brooklyn, New York USA
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 1576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brooklyn Monster Ale is a classic barley wine, a style of ale originally brewed by the butlers to the English and American aristocracy. It is brewed from three mashes of heirloom British malt and spiced with aromatic American Willamette, Cascade and Fuggle hops.

After four months of aging, it has a magnificent burnished copper color, an aroma redolent of sherry, citrusy hops and fruit, a soft, warming, complex palate, a spiritous finish, and a strength of 10.8%.

It is vivacious when young, but will age gracefully for many years, becoming more complex over time.

Food Matches

Brooklyn Monster Ale is a fine accompaniment to cheeses, ice cream, flourless cakes, crème brulee and good cigars.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Bottle: (2003) Aroma of caramel and sour apple. Pours a transparent real dark amber with a white head with good retention. Caramel and banana bread malts up front with a citrus hop finish. A little metaliic vinous flavor sneaks into the finish and hurts the score.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
Pours mahogany brown, with almost no head. Aroma is of rasins and and sherry. Taste of caramel malts, rasins, and slightly hoppy. It feels almost oily in the mouth. Aftertaste starts fullbodied, and fades slowly, and leaves a warming from the alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bailz316 (253) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Amber color with tan head that dissipates quickly. Fruity aroma with a strong presence of alcohol. Full bodied beer with sweet finish

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15264) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle. Shiny clear chestnut colour. Malty and sweet caramelly flavour with peppery caramel aftertaste. Might be a bit cloying if not for the generous carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Amber color, small head. Light alcohol brandy like taste, but intense. Almond and amaretto nose. Long lasting with a kick of hoppiness in the end. Nice.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Extremely dissapointed as I have really enjoyed Brooklyn’s other beers in the past and had high hopes for this one. Pours a deep red color with a tiny tiny bit of offwhite head. Appears more like a wine than a beer. Aroma is sour and offensive, nothing that made me eager to try it. Taste likewise is harsh, sour, and bitter. I finished the bottle but I will never buy another one of these ever! BLAH! Alcohol taste extremely pronounced. Overall, not good at all.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thefatmanrocks (22) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2005
sorely disappointed. Off flavor, horrible smell. I’m letting the other I have sit for a long time before I try this again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maurizio (4) - ITALY - FEB 18, 2005 does not count
Remember me a Christmas cake... Raisins, nuts... Tasted in Turin during Slow Food exhibition 2004. The best barley wine in that tasting....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2005
Bottle. Deep red colour with a small baige head. Sweet fruity aroma and a sweet light hoppy bitter alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [12 oz. bottle - 2004 vintage] Clear copper pour with a very thin tan head and lots of carbonation. Light and sweet aroma of malt with some floral notes. Very sweet and fruity flavor with hints of sherry at the beginning that goes to a very thick malty middle and a sweet and chewy finish. The aftertaste is very sweet with lots of alcohol.


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